Bumpkins! by Chakriya Phal

Many great things come out of autumn: pumpkin patches, apple cider donuts, Thanksgiving feast, that holiday feeling, the urge to hanker down and read and burning candles. When we were in California we went to a lovely family owned pumpkin patch called Tanaka Farm. It’s the best farm we’ve gone to with lots of hay bales to jump to and from, two pumpkin patches, a corn maze, and Sanrio themed face cutouts. Mostly as parents, we gauge success by how much Birdie had fun. She didn’t want to leave and now everywhere she goes she says, “Bumpkins!”

Our Fall Trip to Vermont by Chakriya Phal

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Every September, my family and I take a small trip for my birthday and this year we decided on a short tour of Vermont. I had wanted to see the leaves change colors but we were greeted with 90 degree weather. At one point my husband and I looked at each other and said, “It feels like we’re in Cambodia!” We tried not to let the humidity get in the way of our fun opting to go to the beach while in Burlington. I mean really, the beach in Vermont! That had never crossed my mind when I was thinking up the itinerary so we didn’t have swim clothes. Luckily, I always pack Birdie’s swim diaper so she happily got wet while we stood ankle deep. I think that was the most fun I had just watching her explore, play with sand, and splash water on us.

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About thirty minutes outside of Burlington is a small town called Shelburne which houses the Shelburne Museum. We spent an afternoon there and it wasn’t enough time to see all the exhibits. We went during a weekday and practically had the space to ourselves. It had everything our family needed. A bit of early American art, some architectural history, and a pretty decked out kids’ cabin. The grounds was beautiful, spreading forty-five acres.

We joked that this trip was all about discovering playgrounds and bookstores. It’s true. I treated myself out to a lot of books for my birthday. I’m most excited about my two Shirley Jacksons and an old copy of Lord Of The Flies I found at a vintage bookstore in Plainfield. Birdie got her fill of swings and slides which made putting her to sleep a bit easier. I also picked goldenrods in Townsend for my dye pot and now that we’re back, have already dyed five skeins of yarn.

My Yippee Moments by Chakriya Phal

On my run yesterday, I was listening to Oprah's Soulful Sunday podcast with guest Maria Shriver. My takeaway, out of many, was to celebrate the little yippees, the small little victories in life.  I've been waiting for these big magical moments to share with you, having neglected that it's sometimes the small things that makes me wake up in the morning.

So onward to my yippee moments:

  • I read a book that is on my top ten of all times. I'm a deep feeler and this one one took me on all the highs and lows The last section narrated by the father hit me the hardest and I'm still trying to put words into how special this book is.
  • July Fourth has never been a big holiday for me, but this year we invited friends over for brunch and it was a joy to see our kids running around the backyard and playing with each other.
  • I've been exercising consistently for a week doing routines from here and here.
  • Running is giving me life. 
  • I am starting an intensive course in Sound Healing this Friday. Big Yippee as I chart a new path!
  • Thank you AC.  In this dry Colorado heat, I don't know what I'd do without you.

I hope you're having many yippee moments.